Martin Fehervary (Slovakia) and Michal Kempny (Czechia) Will Play In World Championship

The Washington Capitals announced on Sunday that defensemen Martin Fehervary (Slovakia) and Michal Kempny (Czechia) will play in the IIHF 2022 World Championships currently underway in Finland.

It is being reported that Fehervary will join his team at the World Championships in Helsinki on Monday afternoon.

Oto Haščák, Assistant General Manager of Slovakia’s national team, said “Martin is interested in starting at the World Championships and we are also interested. We need Martin, we’ll see how it goes. If he could play against Canada, that would be great.”

Kempny is expected to arrive in Tampere on Monday to participate in his third IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

“Michal Kempny is a defender with international experience and I believe that he will be a very good reinforcement for us,” said Czech GM Petr Nedved.

Fehervary and Kempny join Tobias Geisser (Switzerland) as the only Capitals players and prospects participating in this year’s World Championship.

Geisser and Switzerland won their first game of the tournament on Saturday, beating Italy, 5-2. Switzerland scored three goals in the first period–all assisted by former Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler, who was traded to the New Jersey Devils in April of 2021.


Washington Capitals defensemen Martin Fehervary (Slovakia) and Michal Kempny (Czechia) will join their respective national teams at the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Finland, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Fehervary, 22, recorded 17 points (8g, 9a) in 79 games with Washington this season. The 6’2″, 199-pound defenseman led the Capitals in hits (251) and ranked seventh in the NHL among all skaters. Among rookies, Fehervary ranked second in hits, sixth in blocked shots (117) and first among rookie defensemen in goals (8) and tied for sixth in points (17). Additionally, Fehervary ranked tied for first on the Capitals in games played (79) and fifth in time on ice per game (19:39). Fehervary led the Capitals with 38 hits in six playoff games.

In 85 career NHL games with Washington, Fehervary has recorded 18 points (8g, 10a).

Fehervary previously represented Slovakia at the 2019 and 2018 IIHF World Championship tournaments, recording a combined three assists in 14 games. The Bratislava, Slovakia native also played in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 U20 World Junior Championships. Fehervary captained Slovakia at the 2019 tournament and was named a top-three player on his team in 2018 and 2019.

The Capitals selected Fehervary with their second-round pick, 47th overall, in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Kempny, 31, recorded six points (2g, 4a) in 30 games with Washington this season. Kempny also appeared in 24 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), recording seven assists.

Kempny, who missed the 2020-21 season due to injury, recorded 18 points (3g, 15a) and a team-high +19 plus/minus rating in 58 games with the Capitals in 2019-20. In 247 career NHL games with Washington and the Chicago Blackhawks, Kempny has recorded 63 points (15g, 48a). Additionally, the Hodonin, Czech Republic native has appeared in 30 career playoff games, including all 24 of the Capitals’ postseason contests in 2018, where he recorded five points (2g, 3a).

The 6’1″, 192-pound defenseman previously represented Czechia at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Championship tournaments, recording a combined five points (2g, 3a) in 16 games. Kempny also played in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, appearing in three games for Czechia.



About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Martin Fehervary (Slovakia) and Michal Kempny (Czechia) Will Play In World Championship

  1. Anonymous says:

    Stay healthy, Marty! We know what can happen (Ovechkin and Orlov)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck, fellas! Will be watching.

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